New York-listed supplier Scientific Games has promoted Patrick McHugh to serve as chief executive of its Lottery division, with Jim Kennedy taking on the role of chairman.

The two promotions, alongside that of Jordan Levin to chief executive of SG Digital, serve to solidify the company's leadership team going into 2019.

"These globally-respected leaders and longtime members of our SG family are the best people to continue our growth trajectory, deliver operational excellence and inspire our employees,” said Scientific Games president and CEO Barry Cottle.

Jim Kennedy will assume the role of SG Lottery chairman after 33 years with the company, having served for the past five years as group chief executive of Lottery. That role will be filled by Patrick McHugh, who currently serves as senior vice president of global lottery systems after 14 years with the business.

“Pat will leverage his in-depth Lottery experience and proven success at Scientific Games to provide strong operational leadership and innovation," Cottle said. "He will work with Jim to continue to execute our global growth strategies.”

Commenting on his new role as Lottery chair, Kennedy said: “I'm incredibly proud of what we have built at Scientific Games, which I believe is the number one lottery company in the world. We provide our lottery customers the best games, products and services in the industry.

“I look forward to continuing to help our customers drive record growth for their states and countries as chairman of the lottery business.

"Pat has been an invaluable leader in our lottery team and is respected across our industry," Kennedy added. "His years of experience, relentless work ethic and commitment to the highest quality products and services for our customers in the US and around the world will ensure that we continue to execute our growth strategy for our existing lottery customers as well grow in new areas, including iLottery and sports betting. I look forward to working with him, the entire team, and our customers to continue to lead our industry into the future.”